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Hi belles! Every season we like to find a way to get to know you more, and to share our hearts. To dovetail with our current Cozy Fall focus, each of the Southern Weddings gals will be sharing our favorite ways to simplify and get cozy in our home lives over the next few months. We hope our ideas are helpful as you work to streamline and simplify your own lives for what matters most!

Photo by Blue Ribbon Vendor Katelyn James

Favorite simple beauty routine or product: Y’all, I am such a product junkie. I love to try new hair and beauty products, so I have a laundry list of favorites. Currently, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and Philosophy Purity face wash are at the top. I put my makeup on rather early in the morning and don’t have time for touch-ups throughout the day, so the primer helps everything go on smoothly and stay put all day. I’m also religious about taking my makeup off at night, and with a toddler, everything has to be done quickly. Purity takes off mascara and everything in one swoop.

Favorite simple fall activity: The pumpkin patch! This was the first year EK actually knew what was going on at the pumpkin patch, so it could not have been more fun! Though we got caught in a Florida sun shower on the hayride, picking out our family pumpkin, as well as EK’s mini pumpkin, was a blast.

Favorite tech device/app/strategy: When it comes to work, Dropbox, but when it comes to my personal life, Carousel! I have a bajillion photos of my girl on my phone–I am the mama who can’t delete those sweet shots, even the ones where she’s not even looking at the camera. I love how Carousel syncs the photos to my Dropbox, so I don’t have to worry about losing them.

Favorite morning routine that simplifies your life: Instant grits and Kodiak Cake Minute Muffins. EK is going through a phase where she’ll only eat grits for breakfast (I know, #Southernbabyprobs), so I always have a pack of instant grits on hand to make our mornings a bit easier. And the minute muffins? They’re for me. So cozy and so quick. Perfect for busy fall mornings!

Favorite evening routine that simplifies your life: Our dishwasher has a delayed start that I am pretty smitten with. After dinner, we clean up the kitchen and load the dishwasher, and I set the delayed start for the middle of the night. I love that this means the dishwasher doesn’t steal EK’s hot water for bath time, but I won’t forget to start it. Let’s just say forgetting to start the dishwasher has happened more times than I’d like to admit.

Favorite trick for simplifying your schedule: Saying no. It’s so simple, but sometimes, the easiest way to clear your schedule is to just say no. It’s easy to burn the candle at both ends. I’m definitely guilty of trying to jam-pack everything into the weekend because I had a busy week, or trying to go to the grocery store at 8 at night, but sometimes, “no” to whatever is cluttering your schedule is the right answer.

Favorite simple weeknight recipe: Does calling for takeout count? No, really! I’m not much of a chef. However, BDK and I are obsessed with Target’s parmesan breaded chicken. It’s so good, and you buy it pre-made, so it’s the perfect kind-of-home-cooked supper after a busy day. We keep a pack in the freezer for nights when we know we might not have tons of time.

Favorite simple date: Sushi and a movie in. BDK and I have always been movie-night-at-home kind of people–we used to walk to our local Blockbuster when we were in college! I know, Blockbuster! Now, we order “the usual” from our favorite sushi place and pick a movie or TV series to watch on Netflix. I’m known for falling asleep during the movie, so BDK has to tell me the ending in the morning. It’s kind of a tradition.

Favorite simple way you love on your beau: Sleep! I am positive that sleep is one of BDK’s love languages. On the weekends, I get up early with EK and we grab breakfast and dine al fresco on the porch so that BDK can sleep in.

Next up: Lisa!

In case you missed a gal…
Emily’s simple favorites
Kristin’s simple favorites
Nicole’s simple favorites

Written with love by Southern Weddings

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One of the most fun parts of making V7 was including things that are not only meaningful to the South and to our mission, but also, to the history of Southern Weddings. Our cover was photographed by Tec Petaja, who appeared on the cover of V1, and our annual team photos were taken by the talented Jodi and Kurt of Jodi Miller Photography, whose wedding graced the pages of V4! Jodi and Kurt joined us on the first day of our team retreat for an afternoon of shooting all over the Triangle, and despite the heat and the mosquitoes, I think it’s easy to see how much fun we had with them!

We were so grateful that the Makeup For Your Day ladies helped us out with our hair and makeup! Our first colorful set of photos was taken in the gardens of Fearrington Village.

Next, we changed into lovely, neutral gowns and headed to Fernrock Farms to take some pictures amongst hundreds of flowers. The owner, Carrie, was so gracious to host us, and she even whipped up a few vibrant bouquets for us to pose with.

Last but not least, we stopped at Maple View Farm to take advantage of the golden hour light in a beautiful field. These are some of our favorite photos from the day! Curious about our fancy dresses? Marissa is wearing “Halo” by Elizabeth Dye from The Sentimentalist, Morgan is in “Goldie” by Sarah Seven, Nicole is in “Practically Perfect” by Sarah Seven, Lara is in “Monique” by Erin Fetherston, Emily is in “Amour” by Sarah Seven, I’m in “Cecilia” by Jenny Yoo from Nordstrom, and Kristin is in “Odette” from BHLDN.

A big SW “thank you” to Jodi and Kurt–we loved working with them on these team photos, and we’re so happy to have them in our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    Y’all are beautiful!! These pictures capture you perfectly :)

  2. avatar Robyn Van Dyke reply

    UM, y’all are all GORGEOUS! Seriously stunning! :)

  3. avatar Sam reply

    I love the champagne gold colour, it would look beautiful in a neutral or cream/gold wedding theme. x

  4. avatar Jenna Lowery reply

    I am COMPLETELY obsessed with those gold and beige dresses, My wedding colors are gold and red and Ill be getting married in a barn and those dresses are BEYOND perfect !

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You’ve seen what’s it’s like to be the Southern Weddings’ Art Director, Shop Manager, and our Creative Director! But, I can tell you that my day in the life looks quite a bit different – literally and figuratively! As y’all may know, I work remote most of the time as my husband’s career takes our little family all over the place (mostly Texas this year)! Sit a spell with me as I walk you through a typical day for Southern Weddings’ Ad Director.

Jodi Miller Photography

5:23am: With the addition of our sweet girl this January, my mornings always start quite a bit earlier than I hope, but 3am snuggles are worth tired eyes!

8:45am: On most mornings, I’m up, mascara on, and donning a Walk in Love tee + yoga pant combo (yeah, I’m that mama, what of it?!) This quote from Paulo Coelho keeps me going on rough days: “No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up, and show up.”

9:00am: I open my email client, and since we’re just days away from closing advertising for our next gorgeous issue, I’m in print crunch mode! My inbox is exploding with media negations, gorgeous print ads for our darling sponsors, and text features that I need to finish up.

10:00am: Since my job as Advertising Director encompasses all our revenue streams for print, online and Blue Ribbon Vendors, I spend a good amount of time with my head in Excel documents! Before our meetings, I prep our spreadsheets to report all the numbers, and progress to the team.

10:20am: Since Kristin and I both work remotely, we hop on Google Hangout a few minutes to prep for our portion of our weekly team meeting. Since we’re virtual BFF’s, I always tend to compliment KNW’s hair – that girl can rock a set of hot rollers!

10:30am: Our editorial meetings have been compressed a tad bit for the past few weeks since we’re all busy bees preparing for V7, so we chat about important updates, tie up any loose ends, and give out golden eggs to encourage and show appreciation for each other. What’s a golden egg, you ask? Yeah, that’s the Southern Weddings version of a gold star!

11:21am: After our meeting, Emily, Kristin, and I stay on the hangout to brainstorm a BIG exciting project we are working on and how we can best serve our sweet sponsors.

11:50am: Back to email – Nicole and Morgan are designing a bunch of gorgeous print ads for our print clients, and I’m always happy to weigh in with my layman’s eye! More like, I tell them which options I think are prettiest :) Then we send the options along to our clients for their approval. Y’all, you’re going to swoon over these pages, I can guarantee!

Jodi Miller Photography

12:45pm: While this is my busiest time of the year, I try my best to stop for a quick lunch break and a few baby kisses with EK. She’s growing so fast, and today she learned to wave “bye bye!” It’s adorable, I can’t lie!

1:00pm: I have a call with an advertising agency regarding a client who will be joining us in V7 as well as on the blog. We are working on negotiating rates, chatting about our beautiful content and sharing our heart for marriage. With my corporate background, negotiations and numbers are my strength, but marriage and what matters most is my heart! Needless to say, when I can share our mission with a potential client it brightens my day.

1:41pm: While most of my day is spent on the business side of Southern Weddings, I LOVE writing real wedding intros! Lisa and I share the majority of this responsibility and we also share a love for gushing over the sweet quotes from darling grooms and wiping tears over heirlooms passed down through generations.

2:10pm: Speaking of Lisa, together we jump on a conference call with a brand new client to discuss details of a super secret collaboration that will have Miss Lisa in NYC this week! Hint: she gets to have her and makeup done, and there is a set!

3:00pm: Back to email – Kristin has welcomed five new Blue Ribbon Vendors, and I need to get them all set up! I use our electronic invoicing and contracting system and send them welcome notes along with all the needed paperwork to be able to share these talented folks with y’all!

3:40pm: Excel, Google Docs, and Illustrator time! Since we’re nearing the door closing on this issue, I’m working hard to ensure that all our documents are in order. I quality control all the spreadsheets we use to make sure our clients have submitted artwork or we are working together on creative and check off each step in the process.

4:30pm: Nicole is designing a collective ad that will be showcasing some gorgeous venues, so I give our sponsors each a ring to make sure they all approve of the design. I collect the feedback and Nicole and I connect on a call to walk through the edits.

5:00pm: Traditionally, I’d be closing down around now, but in print crunch time, I’m not done yet! Kristin and I jump on the phone again to chat through our projects for the next couple days and discuss pending accounts and client needs. And, let me mention that typically Kristin and I must send over 25 texts to each other a day! Mostly emojis – we have that kind of relationship.

5:27pm: Back to email – yep, as you can see I spend a lot of time in email! Things go fast this time of year, and it’s so much fun to work with our sponsors who truly want to love and serve our brides.

5:50pm: BDK and EK have snuck into my office from EK’s play room and the combo of their baby blues makes it impossible for me to answer any more emails at all. I sign off, and spend the evening playing blocks with EK, or reading Peekaboo Sophie!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lindy reply

    As a mom, I’m always curious about how other working moms make it work. Who takes care of your sweet girl while you work? Or do you work and take care of her simultaneously? Love that your job is flexible enough so that your family can travel together… what a blessing!

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